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Resident and Nonresident Tuition in Colorado (2016)

Higher Education

State-supported institutions of higher education rely on tuition revenue and public funding to pay for operating expenses.  State funding for higher education is provided to the institutions based partly on each institution’s role and mission, the number of resident students the school enrolls, and how the school meets certain performance benchmarks. Tuition revenue is paid by students and families.  This memorandum examines tuition funding for the schools, and explains the difference between resident and nonresident tuition.